In Akron, redrawing the lines on Main Street renews a social contract

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/28/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Vibrant cities, Walking

In May, Akron pulled off one of the biggest Better Blocks in recent memory. A group of citizens and some well-placed city officials temporarily reconfigured a portion of the city's Main Street with temporary, “green” bike lanes, filled in seven vacant storefronts with pop up shops, found a space for a farmer’s market and soccer fields in vacant lots, and...

One better<br />The Better Block in the North Hill area of Akron. Image: Fitzwater Photography.

10 U.S. cities aiming for Vision Zero

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/17/15 @ 11:00am

It may not rival Lebron’s big college scholarship program with University of Akron, but Boston worker’s comp and injury attorney John J. Sheehan is offering college scholarships to young adults with spotless driving records. Sheehan is digging into his pocket to help law students through a Vision Zero Auto Accident Prevention Scholarship.

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28 rooms to bootstrap a more sustainable Cleveland this year

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/11/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in CLE 2019 Journal

At this year’s Cleveland sustainability summit (Sept. 16 + 17), the city plans to crowdsource solutions to issues ranging from what to do about a missing mode shift goal to how it can prevent huge amounts of soil and phosphorous from poor land use and agribusiness decisions from contaminating the lake.

At the summit<br />The annual Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summits bring hundreds of people together to review progress and design new initiatives that will make Cleveland a green city on a blue lake.

The eco-bucket list: 10 ecological experiences everyone should have in Northeast Ohio

David Beach  |  08/10/15 @ 1:00pm

Want to become more aware of your surroundings and more connected to nature in Northeast Ohio? Want to develop a deeper appreciation for the amazing diversity of life all around you? Then attempt these 10 items on my eco-bucket list. It might make you a better person!

Solar orientation<br />Get oriented where you live by watching the sun. See the geology<br />Euclid Creek cutting through layers of bedrock. Experience the natural communities<br />One of the natural communities of the region is a cool, hemlock and beech forest, seen here in Holden Arboretum. Identify some plants<br />It's important to really look at the structure of plants in order to know them. Go birding<br />World-class spring birding on the boardwalk at Magee Marsh. Sample a stream<br />Stream sampling on a field trip led by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.Swim in Lake Erie<br />The beach at Mentor Headlands State Park.Visit an organic farm<br />Digging potatoes on a farm in the Cuyahoga Valley. Tour a wastewater treatment plant<br />The Westerly Wastewater Treatment Plant along the Cleveland lakefront.Ride the Towpath Trail<br />The Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the path through the diverse landscapes of Northeast Ohio.

Where Cleveland young and brainy want to be

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/06/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Cleveland is in the midst of an impressive moment of “brain gain” even as the overall population declined 17% in the first decade of the Millennium.

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